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Bilbao to Barcelona: Pyrenees Drive & Explore Vacation

Basque Country to the Pyrenees to Catalonia, we bring you a rich journey of storied cities, mountain wonders and generous hospitality along Spain's historic frontier.

Traverse the entire range of the Spanish Pyrenees by road, with curated guided experiences and independent days to explore as you wish. This is a journey of many faces, from historical cities to small villages; Bearded vultures to Romanesque churches; easy strolls to great hiking days; tasty local picnics to superb gourmet meals.

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Day 1 - Arrive in the Basque Country

Your trip begins in Bilbao, reached by fast train from Madrid or Barcelona. Your guide introduces you to the city, to one of Spain's most iconic buildings, and to Basque history, culture and food.
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Day 2 - Drive to Pamplona on the way to the Pyrenees

From one great city to another, one great guide to another. Enjoy a very local tour of Pamplona, with lunch in the iconic pintxos bars. Your first Pyrenean base overlooks a vast nature reserve.
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Day 3 - Hike in the forests and canyons of Navarre

Today brings your first taste of the Pyrenees. But before the mountains comes a walk in the great beech forest of Iratí, and some stellar views into the deep limestone canyons of Arbayún.
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Day 4 - Walk below red towers and visit a medieval castle

You now cross into Aragón, where a 7km hike showcases the striking red rock architecture of Mallos de Riglos, easily combined with a visit to the photogenic 11th century Loarre Castle.
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Day 5 - Hike to glacial lakes in the Pyrenees

Having explored the foothills, today takes you into the green heart of the Pyrenees. There are various hikes in the Tena Valley, leading across forests or up to glacial lakes and summits.
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Day 6 - Walk one of Spain's greatest trails

Something special awaits today. The trail through the Ordesa National Park offers stupendous views across the canyon before descending past great waterfalls and forests along the valley floor.
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Day 7 - Choose how to explore with your guide

With our guide for company, you might mix gentler walks with the chance to see rare Bearded vultures in their natural habitat. Later, enjoy a unique tasting menu based on local produce.

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